Annual Meeting & Leadership Training

Boston | November 1-2, 2013

The Annual Meeting is on November 2, 2013, with the Leadership Training preceding it on November 1. The agenda can be found below.

Pre-registration for the Annual Meeting and the Leadership Training is now closed. Registration is available at the door on the morning of Saturday, November 2nd.

All events will be held at the Seaport Boston hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-SEAPORT (732-7678).

Students interested in attending the meeting may apply for support from the Nicholas Skala Student Health Activist Fund. Please help support PNHP's student outreach programs by making a donation!

Featured speakers will include Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-VT), former chair of CMS Bruce Vladeck, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine Marcia Angell, PNHP president Dr. Andy Coates, PNHP co-founders Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler and more. We will also celebrate PNHP National Coordinator Dr. Quentin Young's 90th birthday.

2013 PNHP Annual Meeting
Protecting Caregiving from the Market:  A Road Map to Single Payer
Saturday, November 2, 2013

Seaport Boston Hotel
(617) 385-4000
1 Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210

Tentative Agenda

General Session: 
8:00 a.m.                     Registration opens

8:45 – 9:00                  Welcome and introductions
                                       Garrett Adams, MD, PNHP past-president
                                       Andy Coates, MD, president

9:00 – 9:50                  Health Policy Update: From the ACA
                                      and ACOs to single payer

                                       Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, PNHP co-founder
                                       David Himmelstein, MD, PNHP co-founder

9:50 – 10:00                The Impact of Austerity on European Health Systems
                                        Adam Gaffney, MD                

10:00 – 10:30              Discussion 

10:30 - 11:00               Break (30)

11:00 – 11:20              Update from Massachusetts, model for the ACA
                                       Rachel Nardin, MD

11:20 – 12:00              Update on Vermont’s “Pathway to Single Payer”
                                       Deborah Richter, MD, former president, PNHP, will
                                       introduce Gov. Shumlin

                                       Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont

12:00 – 1:30               Luncheon - Board members to sit at each table

                                      Recognition of the medical students
                                      Claudia Fegan, MD, former president, PNHP

                                      Recognition of Dr. Quentin Young’s 90th birthday
                                      Marcia Angell, MD, former editor, New England Journal of Medicine

                                     Speaker, Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor - NEJM
                                     "Patients and Profits" 

                                      Presentation of the Dr. Quentin Young health activist awards

1:30 – 2:30                  Workshop Period I    (60 minutes) – some speakers are tentative

                                    1. An introduction to HR 676, the national single payer bill
                                    Dr. Walter Tsou, Margaret Russell, Laurie Wen

                                    2. Policy dilemmas raised by state-based reform
                                    Dr. Marvin Malek, Dr. David Himmelstein, Dave Sterrett

                                    3. Grassroots organizing around health care is a human right
                                    Dr. Paul Gorman (OR), Dr. David McLanahan (WA),
                                    and Sergio España (MD)

                                    4. Reforming long-term care under a single payer
                                    Christopher Cherney, Dr. Rob Stone, Dr. Oliver Fein

                                    5. The role of integrated health systems/HMOs/ACOs under single payer
                                    Dr. Steve Tarzynski, Kip Sullivan, and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler

                                    6. Research-based advocacy
                                    Dr. Danny McCormick, Dr. Wesley Boyd

                                    7.  Recruiting for PNHP chapters and grassroots groups
                                    Dr. Inge De Becker (MN PNHP Chapter),
                                    Don Bechler (Single Payer Now)

2:30                             Break   (30)                 

3:00 – 4:00                Workshop Period II (60 minutes)

                                    1. Medical Student Session – Heroism vs. Evil in Medicine
                                    Scott Goldberg and Victoria Powell

                                    2. Ballot initiatives in California, Colorado, Maine and Massachusetts
                                    Dr. Philip Caper, Donna Smith, Ben Day and Dr. Hank Abrons

                                    3. Outreach to medical and specialty societies
                                    Dr. James Mitchiner, Dr. Wesley Boyd

                                    4. How will the ACA affect safety net hospitals? Immigrants?
                                    Dr. David Bor, Dr. Claudia Fegan, Dr. Diljeet Singh

                                    5.   International health systems: Models for the U.S.? 
                                    Dr. Claudia Chaufan (Swiss), Karen Palmer (Canada), Dr. Joel Lexchin,
                                     Dr. Aziz Sheikh (Scotland)

                                    6.  Film Festival - "The Healthcare Movie" and "Cure All"
                                    Dr. Robert Zarr, Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg

                                    7.  Impact of austerity and other social policies on health
                                    at home and internationally
                                    Dr. Adam Gaffney and Jacob Bor, Ph.D.

4:00 – 5:00                  Closing Session Plenary
                                    Protecting caregiving from the market
                                    Andy Coates, MD, PNHP President (30)

5:00 pm                       Social hour – cash bar
Ad hoc meetings: 

  • Boston chapter meeting
  • Divestment
  • Health professional student meeting
  • Showing of “The Healthcare Movie” (27 minute version) and “Cure All”
  • Organizing Pediatricians
  • Organizing in the South

7:00 pm            
                                    Recognition of Leadership Training participants
                                     Andy Coates, MD, PNHP president

                                    The Medicare Crises – Real or Imagined?
                                    Oliver Fein, MD, former president, PNHP, will introduce Mr. Vladeck
                                    Bruce Vladeck, past chair, CMS (then known as
                                    the Health Care Financing Administration, or HCFA).

                                    Closing remarks:

                                    Dr. Claudia Fegan, reflections on the 50th Anniversary
                                    of the March on Washington.

8:00 a.m. - noon          PNHP Board Meeting